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On the same occasion I had a remarkable quarrel with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Onslow. The bill was returned from the Lords with amendments. The friends of the Chief Justice resolved to oppose it again. Mr. Potter desired me to second him. He rose, but entering on the merits of the bill, Mr. T. Townshend, and my uncle, Horace Walpole (to prevent me), insisted that nothing could be spoken to but the amendments. The Speaker supporting this, I said I had intended to second Mr. Potter, but should submit to his oracular decision, though I would not to the complaisant peevishness of anybody else. The Speaker was in a great rage, and complained to the House. I said I begged his pardon, but had not thought that submitting to him was the way to offend him. During the course of the same bill, Sir William Stanhope had likewise been interrupted, in a very bitter speech against the Grenvilles. I formed part of the speech I had intended to make, into one for Sir William, and published it in his name. It made a great noise. Campbell answered it for a bookseller. I published another, called The Speech of Richard Whiteliver, in answer to Campbell's. All these things were only excusable by the lengths to which party had been carried against my father; or rather, were not excusable even then.
In 1748 were published, in Dodsley's Collection of Miscellaneous Poems, three of mine : an Epistle to Mr. Ashton from Florence (written in 1740), The Beauties, and the Epilogue to Tamerlane.
I next wrote two papers of the Eemembrancer, and two more of the same in the year 1749. In the latter year, too, I wrote a copy of verses on the fireworks for the Peace ; they were not printed. About the same time I wrote a pamphlet, called Delenda est Oxonia. It was to assert the liberties of that University, which the ministry had a plan